G-d punished their contempt, measure for measure, by confusing their communication and creating different languages that would destroy their unity. Immediately construction was halted because they could no longer understand each other; their motivation dissolved.
Henceforth, the location of the Tower is referred to as Babel (Babylonia) to indicate the confusion that G-d created by converting the singular language of the earth into 70 languages, and scattering the generation over the face of the earth, dividing the world into nations and continents.
The Al-mighty despises conflict and chose not to destroy this generation because they behaved peacefully and were not corrupt with one another, as were the Generation of the Flood. Such is the merit of unity.
Because of her righteous rescue she is called Batya, "daughter of G-d," and Moshe, though he had 10 names is always referred to as Moshe, the name by which Batya called him.
Moshe removed his shoes to approach the hallowed ground and was charged by G-d to be the redeemer to rescue the Bnei Yisrael from 210 years of slave labor. But Moshe feared that he was not adequate for the job because of his speech disability and that the Jewish elders in Egypt would not believe that G-d had presented himself to him. Therefore G-d revealed the names by which he is called and instructed him to perform several miracles to show that he was an agent of G-d.
G-d revealed that the Israelites would leave Egypt with great wealth and that they would inherit a land flowing in milk and honey.
Goliath was a warrior giant who frightened the entire Israeli army by thunderously teasing the Bnei Yisrael morning and night for forty days. He was trying to prevent them from reciting the Shema because he knew how spiritually powerful they were.
No one came forward, until a young shepherd, Dovid, stepped forward to challenge Goliath. He carefully chose 5 smooth rocks to symbolize that G-d would avenge the honor of the Torah, the name of G-d, and the three Patriarchs. With his slingshot Dovid charged Goliath and struck him in the forehead with a pebble launched by his slingshot. Miraculously the pebble penetrated Goliath's heavy armor and Goliath fell before Dovid. Dovid finished him off with a sword.
Arbeh - the plague of locusts- was the eighth plague and visited upon the Egyptians after the destructive force of Barad - hail, that pelted the population, livestock, and fields of vegetation with a shower of flames, hailstone, and lightning. Originally the Egyptians rejoiced when they saw the locusts, hoping to eat them because their foodstuffs were destroyed by Barad, but the vicious locusts attacked the Egyptians and their possessions after they devoured whatever vegetation remained from Barad. They ate every last leaf in Egypt.
G-d was heaping vengeance on Pharaoh for enslaving the Jews and forcing them to farm Egyptian crops. The massive numbers of locusts blackened the Egyptian terrain. Pharaoh rescinded and summoned Moshe and Aharon to remove the plague, but hardened his heart once the blight of locusts ceased.
Pharaoh held court with the most powerful magicians and ridiculed Moshe and Aaron for a demonstration that he insisted was childish. He directed his powerful magicians to duplicate Aaron's feat. Aaron's snake then swallowed all the snakes that the magicians had produced, but Pharaoh remained unimpressed.
But he was horrified when Aaron's snake returned to its form as a staff and swallowed the other staffs. Pharaoh was convinced of G-d's supremacy because Aaron demonstrated a miracle not a magician's trick, yet he hardened his heart once again and would not free the people of Israel.
The Bnei Yisrael were confronted with the arrows of the Egyptian army from the rear, and the Sea of Reeds thundered in their path ahead of them. G-d miraculously split the sea for the Israelites and all the waters of the world, so that all of mankind would be aware of the miracle that G-d had performed for His Chosen People. The sea had divided into sections to allow each tribe (shevet) to pass through separately.
Pharaoh's troops charged into the sea to battle, but the sea closed around them. G-d visited another ten plagues on the Egyptians as they drowned in the Sea of Reeds. The most evil of the Egyptians were tossed around the sea and suffered a slower, more agonizing death.
Not one Egyptian escaped punishment, except for Pharaoh so that he would bear witness to the sovereignty of G-d. The sea spewed forth the dead and dying, and the treasures of the Egyptians to prove the victory to the Israelites.
Compelled by his anxiety to protect his family, Yaakov crossed over the Yabok River with his family to further safeguard them.When he recrossed the river to retrieve some sundry vessels that he had left behind, he was attacked by the guardian angel of Eisav. The two wrestled until the break of dawn. When the guardian angel could not triumph overYaakov he struck the socket of his hip and dislocated it. Yaakov would not discharge the angel without a blessing.
The angel blessed him with the name "Yisrael"which implies the victory Yaakov achieved over humans and angels. Yaakov left with a significant limp. We, therefore, are prohibited from eatingthe "gid hanasheh" - the sciatic nerve and the flesh around it contained in the hind-quarters of the animal.
When they returned Yehoshua informed Bnei Yisroel that now they would follow the Ark, not the pillar of cloud that had led them for 40 years in the dessert with Moshe. He directed the Kohanim (priests) to carry the Ark to the banks of the Jordan that were overflowing. When the feet of the priests reached the bank of the Jordan, the waters flowing downstream ceased and piled up in columns creating a dry path for the BneiYisrael to cross over. To commemorate the miracle, Yehoshua erected a monument of stones as a memorial for future generations.